4 Perfect Ways to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in San Francisco

December 13, 2015 by

Festivals & Events, Local Recommendations

Fireworks over San Francisco

Fireworks over San Francisco courtesy of Marcin Wichary via Flickr.

No matter how you’re hoping to ring in 2016, San Francisco’s got you covered. never one to sky away from the party, the city has an abundance of special New Year’s Eve events to choose from. Take your pick from the many glamorous galas, costume parties, and annual events featuring DJs and bottle service, or find something a little less fancy.

Plan a Luxurious Stay

Whether you’re a visitor from afar or a local looking for a special night, consider an ultra-luxurious stay at one of the city’s top hotels.  The St. Regis San Francisco has the perfect package for those who’d rather escape the fray and celebrate the occasion from the private comfort of their own swanky suite.  The package, which starts at $3,200, is a splurge, but the price tag includes a welcome bottle of Krug Grand Cuvée plus two etched champagne flutes customized with the guests’ names and year to commemorate their visit, an extravagant prix-fixe meal served in the room, a morning-after signature Bloody Mary and a rejuvenating detox treatment at Remède Spa.

Join a Party

Don your favorite mask and ball gown for the New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball with the San Francisco Symphony at Davies Symphony Hall. Enjoy a night filled with music, dancing, and a bubbly toast to start the new year or join thousands of  people for one of the biggest parties in the city, some of San Francisco best DJs, bottle service, and a massive balloon drop at historic San Francisco City Hall for NYE City Hall.

Or, find a gala at one of the many beautiful hotels in the city and book a room. Then there’s nothing to worry about beyond ringing in the new year right. From The Fairmont’s New Year’s Eve Extravaganza to Confetti & Cocktails at Hotel Vitale there are lots of great options for a safe night on the town!

Eat Your Heart Out

Just about every top restaurant in town will be preparing an extra-special meal for the final night of 2015.  Americano at Hotel Vitale is offering a special four-course prix fixe between 7 and 10 p.m. for $75 per person, $115 with wine pairings, and $145 with champagne pairings.

Watch the Show 

Bundle up, and check out the city’s annual free Midnight Fireworks along the Embarcadero. The best spots for viewing are typically south of the Ferry Building from Mission to Folsom since the fireworks are set off from barges off of Pier 14. Bring hot chocolate or a hot toddy, and stay warm from the inside out while watching some of the best fireworks around.

San Francisco can serve as the perfect setting to enjoy the end of 2015 and to ring in a wonderful new year, however you choose to celebrate it!

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